Whether or not you are in favor of the DCP proposal for a bulk storage propane facility, you should be in favor of getting information to make an informed decision.

At the Jan. 26 public meeting when Roz Elliott (DCP spokesperson) repeatedly encouraged people to leave written questions that would be answered by email, many of us left questions but none of them have been answered. These are some of the questions we would like answers to:

• DCP Midstream is a limited liability company. What is the limit of their liability in the event of an accident? Will DCP be able to walk away, leaving residents without compensation?

• DCP is supposed to provide a worst-case scenario to safety forces. They won’t even admit to the possibility of an accident, let alone a worst-case scenario.

• The backup generators would not be able to keep the propane at –44 degrees Fahrenheit. How will DCP cope with prolonged electrical outages?

• The flare was not included in estimates of air pollution. DCP is permitted to flare 500 hours a year; how much additional air pollution would that produce? They already estimate 108 tons of pollutants annually.

• At the Jan. 26 meeting, DCP promised to get us an answer as to how loud the flare would be. We are still waiting. (Their estimate of noise conveniently comes in 0.4 decibels under the maximum amount allowable, but that estimate does not include noise from trucks, trains or from the flare. The real noise level will, in fact, be above acceptable limits.)

• DCP has provided no information on lighting — we are concerned about the night sky.

• DCP promised to deliver a scale model in the spring of 2011; we are still waiting.

• DCP is permitted for up to 144 trucks per day, but they insist there will only be about 50 trucks per day. This tank is not just about propane for Maine; what is their expansion plan?

• What specifically is DCP offering the town of Searsport?

• What is the motivation of the fire and water department officials to be promoting the tank?

• Why not build at one end or the other of Maine’s existing LPG pipeline?

• Will DCP compensate the property owners who suffer loss of property values?

Why would DCP import propane from the Middle East, North Africa and the North Sea when there is an abundance of propane in the U.S.? The U.S. exports propane. It doesn’t make sense.

With the introduction of cheap natural gas into Maine it is only a matter of time before the use of propane dwindles and their facility will become unprofitable. DCP can provide propane to all of New England from their existing distribution center; they do not need to occupy Searsport.

We cannot look at this facility in isolation; we have to look at the cumulative effects of everything at Mack Point, Sprague and GAC. We already have about 45 million gallons of hazardous materials in town and DCP wants to add another 50 percent.

There are already too many trucks going through Searsport, shaking the foundations of our historic buildings. How much hazardous material and truck traffic should a small town be forced to live with?

While DCP complains about people from nearby towns attending informational meetings and labels them “outsiders” who are interfering with a Searsport issue, it is ironic that they — who are the real outsiders — are spending large sums of money to create a poisoned atmosphere to divide the town, influence the vote and control information.

It is no accident that DCP is planning a “jobs fair” just before town meeting. This is in spite of the fact they do not have all their permits, they have not submitted an application to the Searsport Planning Board, and even if they do eventually get a building permit, it will be another 18 to 24 months before they become operational.

I urge Searsport residents to vote “yes” on the moratorium at town meeting on March 10. The moratorium does not kill the project or usurp the authority of the Planning Board to make a final decision, as DCP would like you to believe. All the moratorium does is give the town an additional two months to get answers to questions, review the site plan ordinances, and review the emergency management plan.

DCP is spending large sums of money to influence the vote on the moratorium but they are still waiting for a decision from the Army Corps of Engineers and cannot submit an application to the Planning Board without a permit from ACOE. The ACOE may keep them waiting much longer than the two months left on the moratorium.

Janet Williams is a resident of Searsport.